Tate Thinks Pennington Lost With Dignity
The major controversy coming out of last weekend’s UFC 224, was Rocky Pennington’s corner saying she should go back out for the fifth round against Amanda Nunes, even with her claiming “I’m done.”
Many felt that Pennington’s corner didn’t look out for the long term interests of Pennington, and failed her. One person who disagrees is former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, who spoke with Michael Stets and Sean O’Connell on Sirius-XM’s UFC 224 post show.
“I think that I would’ve done the same thing if I was in her corner’s shoes,” Tate said. “It’s important that a fighter loses with dignity, and I think that Raquel lost with dignity…
Your coach’s job is to pull the most out of you and I think that’s what the corner was trying to do – not let her give up on herself, get her back in the game mentally. She lost, but she went out there. She could have quit at any point if she felt like she couldn’t hang in there. She got finished, and I would have done the same thing.”
Tate maintains that the small chance of pulling the upset on Amanda Nunes was enough to warrant Pennington fighting on.
“I think he didn’t want to let her give up on herself in the fifth round,” Tate said. “She could have gone out there and done something incredible that fifth round and been like, ‘Thank you, coach. You’re a genius for not letting me give up in that fifth round.’
“You always have a little bit more in the gas tank when you feel like you’re done. I think that her coach really wanted to give her the best opportunity and not let her give up on herself…
“She got the opportunity to win or to lose, to finish or to be finished. She had every opportunity in the book, and I think she’ll be glad that she went out for the fifth round and overcame that mental hurdle of not wanting to. She poured her whole heart out there, and I don’t think she’s going to regret that decision.”